Travel Theme: Birds

© irene waters 2013

© irene waters 2013

© irene waters 2013

© irene waters 2013

New Zealand is known for its scenic beauty rather than its bird life. On a recent trip we came across two birds which are unique to New Zealand (apart from a Kiwi which we didn’t see). Above is the Weka, a woodhen, endemic to the South Island. It belongs to the Rail family of birds and are on the vulnerable list. These inquisitive, omnivorous birds came to check out what was going on, when we were gutting our fish  and scallop catch, with the hope of getting an easy feed.

© irene waters 2013

© irene waters 2013

The second bird that was new to us was the Kea. It is  also endemic to the South Island of New Zealand and is the world’s only alpine parrot. It is spectacular in flight as the underneath of its wings is a brilliant orange and it is also omnivorous. Although it eats road kill its preferred diet is nuts, berries and roots. Being blamed for killing sheep, erroneously, the bird was killed for bounty until it received protection in 1986. It is now classified as an endangered species. Kea are apparently an intelligent bird which can solve logical problems and puzzles and work together as a team for a common goal.  It demonstrated its curiosity and intelligence on our second encounter with it as we travelled to Milford Sound.

© irene waters 2013

© irene waters 2013

© irene waters 2013

© irene waters 2013

It travelled some distance on our rear vision mirror. We were travelling quite slowly due to the conditions. It knew when to leave us, flying off just before we entered the tunnel.

© irene waters 2013

© irene waters 2013

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About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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9 Responses to Travel Theme: Birds

  1. Joann says:

    The Kea reminds me of the parrots that are responsible for tearing up cars. I love birds and my mom had this beautiful illustrated book of birds from around the world that I loved to look through. I can’t wait until we can travel abroad to see different countries!

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    • Gosh, I don’t want to meet those parrots. I didn’t know that there was such a parrot although we do have a white cockatoo in Australia that will quite happily eat your house (wooden ones). We make certain that we don’t annoy them because they seem to have a bit of vindictive streak. I like birds also except for the crows that dive bomb me when I’m walking the dog – then I am simply terrified. You’ll enjoy travelling when you start and although there are so many great places to go Australia (despite the creepy crawlies) and New Zealand are definite musts.

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  3. Glynis Jolly says:

    Both are good-sized birds. It’s surprising that they are so friendly as to let you get close enough for good photos. I wasn’t aware that it snowed in New Zealand. That’s a new one for me. 🙂

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    • The Wekas were more nervous but the desire for food was great. We were in such an isolated spot that they possibly did not see us as threats. The Kea I believe had developed a liking for tourists as their were signs at Fox Glacier please don’t feed them.
      The South Island of New Zealand has massive snowfall in the Alps above 3,000 – 4,000 feet with ski resorts at Queenstown, Mt Cook and other places. It is very scenic and in parts similar to Switzerland.

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